Workers’ Compensation for Psychological Injuries

October 18, 2016

Workplace injuries can be serious. Some accidents can be frightening and cause the employee a significant amount of mental anguish and trauma. In other cases, a worker might suffer a debilitating injury such as a head injury or a back injury, which causes them to require a long period of rest and recovery. It is not uncommon for depression to set in under those circumstances.

When a Philadelphia employee suffers an initial injury during the course of their employment, and then as a result of that injury, disease or the treatment of the injury they suffer another injury, it is referred to as a compensable consequence. A compensable consequence is not a new workplace injury, rather it was a consequence of the original injury and therefore may be covered by workers’ compensation depending on the worker’s ability to prove the merits of their case.

Proving that a psychological condition came about as a result of a workplace accident requires evidence from the employee’s doctor, and representation from a competent Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published research about the prevalence of mental illness related to workplace injuries in an article, Incidence and Cost of Depression after Occupational Injury, which was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The study concluded that injured workers were more likely than non-injured workers to suffer from depression during the study period. Consequently, they found that there were additional costs for treating the injured workers’ depression that were not covered by the workers’ compensation system.

Workers’ compensation benefits cover the medical expenses and partially replaces the employee’s lost income from time spent recuperating from their injuries when they are unable to work. In cases where it is apparent that the psychological or psychiatric condition has progressed to the point of a permanent mental impairment, it might be time to consider filing a Social Security Disability claim. In which case, our Philadelphia SSD attorneys can help you with your initial application as well.

Suffering a workplace injury whether it is physical or mental can put a strain on all areas of your life. The experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates are here to protect your right to fair compensation when you have been injured at work or discover that you have an occupational disease caused by your work environment. Please call 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form to make an appointment for a free consultation at one of our multiple office locations. We proudly serve clients throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.